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Hansjörg Stutzer


Main Areas of Practice 

Arbitration (commercial, investment treaty, and sport arbitration), corporate and commercial, telecommunication, joint ventures, interim management. 

Arbitration Experience 

Hansjörg acted as chairman, sole arbitrator (party appointed and appointed by arbitration institutions), party-appointed arbitrator, counsel and co-counsel in over 130 international and national arbitrations under the rules of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CAS, Swiss Rules, Vienna Rules, Zurich Chamber of Commerce, Slovak Arbitration Court and ad hoc, involving, amongst other, disputes on turn-key factories, shareholders agreements (amongst other re change of control, dead lock, transfer of shares and change of management), adjustment of purchase prices under M&A agreements, break-up of joint ventures, mining and oil exploitation, performance under franchise agreements and various aspects of performance and termination under distributorship agreements and agency agreements (such as telecommunications, pharmaceutical, steel trading), expropriation under bilateral investment treaties, transfers of football players, disciplinary sanctions against football clubs and doping disciplinary offences of football players and actions for annulment of arbitral awards at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne. 

For the above proceedings the laws of the following states were applied: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech, England, France, Hungary, Iceland, India; Italia; Luxembourg, Norway, State of Ohio, Poland, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and two cases under “ex aequo et bono”. 

Panel of Arbitrators


  • Swiss Panel of ICC Arbitrators

  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

  • Arbitration Court of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Recent Publications


  • Arbitration Newsletter Switzerland; comments on selected decisions of the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in Lausanne on actions for annulment of arbitral awards, ongoing and published on news arbitration

  • Revised IBA Rules on the Taking of Evidence and new Guidelines and new Recommendations - do we need all of this? "sansfrontières", SJ Berwin, Issue 10, September 20, 2010

  • Accord Suisse-Libye, des questions en suspens, Le Temps, June 25, 2010

  • Les clauses ambiguës de l'accord passé avec Tripoli, Le Temps, August 28, 2009

  • Verfahrensrechtliches zum Schiedsvertrag der Schweiz mit Libyen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, S. 19, August 26, 2009

  • Country Report on Switzerland, in PLC Cross-border Dispute Resolution Handbook 2008/05, Volume 2: Arbitration

  • Interim Measures in Arbitration, in International Arbitration and Mediation, Yorkhill Law Publishing, 2007

  • Swiss Federal Supreme Court: Waiver of Annulment and the Right to be Heard, IBA Arbitration Committee, Newsletter, August 2007

  • Swiss Amendment to Private International Law Act expected soon, Global Arbitration Review, Volume 1, Issue 5, 2006

  • Der Anwalt im Verwaltungsrat: Welche Fähigkeiten sind besonders gefragt?, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, S. 31, November 16, 2006


Professional Position 


Founding Partner at Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, Zurich, Switzerland; a law firm, specialising in commercial law, corporate law, merger and acquisitions, litigation, arbitration, telecommunication and new technologies, banking law, real estate and competition law. 


Executive Positions 


Posalux SA, Bienne, Switzerland 
Vice Chairman of the Board, 1995 – Now 
Precision and Erosion Drilling (ca. 150 employees) 

Satlynx AG, Leuk, Switzerland 
Vice Chairman of the Board, 2001 – Now 
Chairman of the Board, 2003 – 2005 

Bosshard + Co. AG, Rümlang, Switzerland 
Member of the Board, 1995 – Now 
Paint and Coating (ca. 120 employees) 

Locher-Hauser Group, St. Gallen, Switzerland 
Chairman of the Board, 1991 – 1996 
Steel Trading and Construction Supply (ca. 250 employees) 

L. Kellenberger + Cie. AG, St. Gallen, Switzerland 
Chairman of the Board, 1990 – 1995 
Member of the Board, 1988 – 1990 
Precision Grinding Machines (ca. 150 employees) 

As well as non-executive board memberships of various other Swiss companies, in particular Swiss subsidiaries of foreign groups, such as SCA, Mölnlycke and ESAB. 


Arbitral Tribunal of the Swiss Rowing Association


  • 2001 – Now   President

  • 1993 – 2001 Vice President


Professional Associations


  • Swiss Arbitration Association

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb)

  • London Court of International Arbitration

  • Miami International Arbitration Society

  • DIS The German Institution of Arbitration

  • Zurich and Swiss Bar Association

  • International Bar Association




  • 1980 Doctorate in Law (Dr. iur.), University of Zurich

  • 1971 Degree in Law (lic. iur.), University of Zurich


Professional Experience


  • 1983 – Now   Partner, Thouvenin Rechtsanwälte, Zurich

  • 1982             Associate, Baker & McKenzie, New York

  • 1978 – 1981 Associate, Homburger Achermann Müller & Heini, Zurich

  • 1976 – 1978 Associate, Meister & Stickelberger, Zurich

  • 1975 – 1976 Assistant Judge at the District Court of Affoltern (Canton of Zurich)


Bar Membership


  • 1977 Admitted to the Bar of Zurich


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